To start at the beginning, read Chapter 1: Abby's Crap News - AKA My "Journey" With Cancer The Kindness of Strangers and Others I cut my hair. And then I cut it again. I can't even remember the last time I wore my hair short - I don't particularly like it short, but I know it's going to fall out within weeks, so I wanted to feel some modicum of control over the process. … [Read more...] about Chapter 4: Chemo Begins, With a Bonus: Bronchitis
On the day my eldest son left for college, my youngest son got his first zit. This had to be some kind of sign, I thought. Time marches on or some such thing. Maybe this was God’s little joke aimed at a mom whose “baby” is no longer a baby and whose first child was flying the coop. If so: not funny. So many words have been spilled on this very subject - the first kid leaving … [Read more...] about Strange Coincidences and Sending My Son Off to College
As the parent of a high school senior and a junior, I am both fascinated and horrified by the SAT cheating scandal that was recently discovered on Long Island. In case you haven't seen it in the news, last month six students at Great Neck North High School were arrested for allegedly each paying Samuel Eshaghoff (a graduate of the high school and now a senior at … [Read more...] about The SAT Cheating Scandal – What the %$@#?
Until last week, my three children had no experience with death. And strangely enough, although I’ve lived almost five decades, neither had I. Both my grandfathers died before I was born; my grandmothers died when I was a child, but I was not close to either of them. No one I’ve cared deeply about has ever died. On August 17th, my father passed away. He … [Read more...] about Losing Papa: How My Kids Dealt With Death
I have to confess: I was a witness to my teenage son's first kiss, and it was bizarre, to say the very least. There he was, pulling the girl close to him with one hand, tenderly caressing her jawline with the other... and then, the kiss. It was fairly brief, but then as soon as he pulled away, she threw her arms around his neck and pulled him in for a much bigger smooch. My … [Read more...] about My Son’s First Kiss